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registration and have worked to make sure paperwork collected is destroyed within the time requirements of the federal law with regard to reciprocity, i sponsored -- legislation to allow those individuals with -- to conceal and carry with other states. i think the second amendment is very clear and we should not infringe on the right to keep and bear arms. >> banking for the question. i will not support legislation that hinders our right to bear arms. the second amendment goes to the heart of one of our liberties, the right for us to protect ourselves. you will notice among most
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democrats there is a difference of opinion when it comes to the second amendment. it seems like they are always coming up with legislation that will hinder our right to bear arms. there have been a few well- meaning republicans who have joined him. i will not support any legislation that will hinder your ability to bear arms. >> i would not support legislation of any of the three questions asked. the second amendment guarantees people the right to protect their home and their family. it gives the right to collectors to maintain weapons and keep weapons. that is a right guaranteed by the constitution. it is a right that ought to stay where it is. >> what would you like to ask the republic candidates -/ç askd
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the republican candidates? >> how would you cut spending and attempt to balance the budget? >> i will start with richard behney. >> being 80 party guy, i would like to rip everything out. our economy is very sick. to do such a thing would throw our economy into -- nothing would be left off the table. i would take a businessman's approach and look at our budget and our expenses and look to make cuts across the board. we must make the cuts and must look at it as a people. these are entitlement programs. what are you willing to give up? that is a question each of us must answer for ourselves. we must start making cuts.
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our nation is depending on it. >> it is an excellent question. it will take a layered approach. this year one-third of the senate will be reelected, so we will have numbers which we will have to work with in order to make the change in philosophy and the way of doing things. the first thing we must do is we must not allow for any new spending. when i was in congress for 12 years under democrat and republican presidents congress was lobbying for new spending. i opposed that. ultimately, we must look across the board at reducing spending in all areas. my only exception would be international defense given that the constitution requires the government have the defense of
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our country. every other program would have to be on the table. >> thank-you for the question. this is one of the waste republicans lost the trust of the american people. it is one of the reasons we lost in 2006 and the lost to a democrat for the first time since 1964. we must acknowledge even republicans lost their way. i have been very specific about where we start. i am not a politician and i have çanswered these specifically. i am asking senators to take a 5% pay cut. i told you americans do not trust government. if we said weç have cut our pay 5% it will go along with. after the supreme court takes down the health care bill we must reform of medicare and medicaid.
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we must reform social security for those my age and younger. we need to understand social security must look differently. >> thank you , i will try to give three or four quick points. now new programs, even if it is a popular program. we cannot afford it. government has way too much. we need to get government back to its original purposes. there are a lot of things governments can pass on to the states. there are things that can be done outside the government because they do not trust the rest of us. line item veto, offered that when i was in the senate. -- i authored that when i was in the senate.
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congress will spend anything they are given. leslie on defense, i am for a strong national defense, but to say we will not take a penny out of -- there are items that have to come out that were built in the cold war. >> thank-you for the question. as a small-business owner i have dealt with budgets needed to be cut. we have done that under the state level. we have been able to balance our budgets and cut spending. there are three things we can start on. i believe we should eliminate ear marks. there is no need for earmarks' to be spent when we are facing trillions of dollars worth of debt. with our children having to pay for frivolous spending going on in the government. we need to look at every department head and they need to deal with their specific department as a business owner. how can i cutbacks we cut almost
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20% across the board. we can also look at the department of education which is a huge spender of those dollars. it is better suited for our states. rather than the federal government trying to find more ways of spending dollars. karen k. leonard is a retired teacher from indianapolis karen, welcome, glad to have you kind of step up to the mike so these distinguished gentlemen can hear you what is your question tonight? >> my question is by what parameters would you determine whether to support a nominee for federal office? for example, an appointee like a supreme court justice? >> moderator: we begin this time with john hostettler >> thank you, karen that's a very important question in that there must be a philosophy of government that underlies
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>> there must be a philosophy of government that underlies all of these decisions. the senate has given the power to advise and consent. that idea of consent is important in that we should not look at every appointee who goes before the senate as someone who has a past because they had been chosen. of would ask diligently of this nominee is their political philosophy and how they would apply the constitution. i would not take part in a compromise that would suggest that future nominations would be based on some nebulous agreement. its is as a result of diligence we must make sure every nominee will do that which they are asked to do under the
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constitution. >> thank you for the question. i am not here to talk about the past, i am here to talk about the future. i am concerned about what the supreme court will look like by the end of president obama's first term. i will weigh every nominee carefully, but i am probably buys from the get go because i know the philosophy of this president. i know how he is trying to shape the supreme court. therefore i am concerned. i will look at the records and whether they have been legislated from the bench in a way that proves to be a liberal activist. i am very concerned that these nominees and i am concerned about the future of the supreme court. >> the justices of the supreme
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court are there to defend the constitution, not to rewrite it. they are not there to interpret it said they can advance their own ideology or policy projections to what they think congress should have done. that is not their prerogative. i was fortunate enough to be announced by president bush to shepherd through the confirmation process just as illegal -- justice samuel alito. there was a man faithful to the constitution for what it says. he was faithful to the rule of law. together with justice roberts, we have two models of who we ought to support, faithful to the constitution, judge roberts and judge samuel alito were
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great additions. >> it is one question that is very important in today's government. the judicial branch is the third branch of government. i look at the judges as umpires to keep the rules of the game and not to be legislating new rules. if it is very important that those judges who are nominated by our president for the supreme court understand that. they are not to be changing the law, they are to be interpreting it. i would agree in the 1990 possible and senator coats voted for justice ginsberg, that that is not good for the process. confirmation hearings are there for a reason. it is more important that we've that each one of those nominations for how they viewed the constitution and what role they play in interpreting the law.
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i would support making sure we applied strict constructionists. >> i had an american by s. -- i have an american bias. i believe our constitution protects life through its inception, disability, age, all the way until our father in heaven calls us home. i will not vote to confirm any justice to the supreme court who will not publicly announced they understand our constitution protects life and they are pro life. >> i'm sure you will agree there are questions from hoosiers that demonstrates hoosiers can come up with great questions. they came through our indian that the debate commission website. larry is from marion. here is his question. what are your proposed plans on
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the north american free trade agreement and other trade agreements that allow companies to move out of the country and still get tax benefits? >> thank you for the question. >> i'm sorry, it one minute answer. >> thank you for that question. it has come up on the campaign trail quite a bit. i have heard people say we need to abolish nafta. i'm sure there is validity to that point, but it you were to abolish nafta i can promise you prices will triple in america. that is that the action we want to take to rejuvenate our economy. what can we do to preserve jobs in the u.s. and in indiana? i believe you do it through tax cuts. we are losing jobs to mexico. we have the second highest corporate tax rate in the world.
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why don't we incentivize businesses to grow in our great state? let's not penalize them for sending jobs elsewhere. >> i agree with that. while trade agreements must be fair and must scrutinize them carefully, it is important as a nation that the u.s. be able to export to other countries. in the and that derives a great number of jobs from the export of goods. we have to be careful not to cut off our nose to spite our face. we need to provide the basis for jobs to be preserved in america. the incentives through lower regulations -- this administration is imposing taxes on small business, in opposing that on indiana is costing us
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all lot of money -- imposing that on indiana is costing us. >> benjamin franklin said no country was ever destroyed from free trade. what we have done with nafta has been one part -- it has been good but we are hurting american jobs through higher taxes. we have the second highest corporate income tax. when that money is not going to the government, it is going back to standing and a comic -- expanding an economy. we need to lower taxes and have less regulation, because we are creating an unlevel playing field for companies in america. if we are going to tighten them down when we have free trade, as john's will start going elsewhere because it is easier to do business elsewhere.
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it is important for our economy to put people back to work that we understand this business principles that made our country. >> this is just the perfect example if we get the federal government out of our business we can get things done. i've created hundreds of jobs in indiana and hired hundreds of employees. we have the best work force in the world. if we can't allow this work force to do the job we can allow companies to figure out how to get the job done, we can get it done. we must get the government out of our business. i will go to d.c. to do just that, to get the federal government off our backs. >> the north american free trade agreement was not a free trade agreement. it would have been easy to say
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no tariffs shall be imposed on american goods going into the other countries of north america and no tariffs will be experienced by this exporting to america. it had to create an uneven playing field, otherwise the american economy would have overwhelmed the zero economies of mexico and canada. -- would have overwhelmed the economy'ies of mexico and canad. we must have agreements that recognized u.s. interests of workers come first. we should not get away the farm quite literally in these agreements whenever the agreements must devalue the ability for the u.s. to compete. >> gentleman, we are at the final question.
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it is not like final jeopardy, but our question comes from someone fromçó moticello. i will read her question as she wrote it. you will have 90 seconds to respond. that will also include any closing comments to the people of indiana you might wish to make. what makes you exceptional from the other four candidates that you should turn our vote? we have gone through the full cycle nearly twice, so we will begin with daniel coats. >> i think what differentiates me from my colleagues is not so much the position on domestic issues, but the foreign policy experience i have enjoyed as a long-term member of the armed services committee and also serving overseas representing our country. i have had to deal with national
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security issues on a day-by-day basis during a time of war. meeting with heads of government, working with our heads of government trying to fashion policies and being very engaged in all of that. let me just say this, the most important words of the constitution are, we the people. i think washington interpreted as me the president and we the liberals. at a time when they ought to be focused on getting our economy back on track they are pushing through a massive new spending programs that are running as deeply into debt. hoosier's know who i am. i had served them. i am a ronald reagan conservative. i am for less spending. i am for a limited government. faith, freedom and family have
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been my guiding lights. those lights are burning brighter than ever. we need to be a nation who has a model of not we trust in government, but under guide this government can go forward. -- but under god this government can go forward. >> thank you for your question. i respect each one of these gentlemen and have enjoyed the campaign trail, but it is important for us to look at where we are as a nation to realize the attack on our freedoms and realize what country will we hand off to our children? as a small-business owner, my wife and i were married in 2000. in 2001 our son was born in august. we were down in florida the day we were attacked on 9/11. that they changed my life in realizing my son had his whole life in front of him. i believe we needed to get
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involved at that time. we stood together as americans. i believe we are a citizenry that is frustrated with our government because it continues to infringe on our freedoms. our constitution is clear on what the government is structured to do. it is important for us to protect that freedom for our families and our future, to have a senator that will be responsive and will listen. i have had the opportunity to see how federal government affects our state. that is one thing that separates me from my colleagues, i understand the long arm of the government and how it affects our freedoms. i would ask for your vote and go to my web site. >> thank you. >> i appreciate your question. this has been an amazing year for me having brought the tea
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party movement and to be standing with these four other fine gentleman, but i feel like i had been standing with four gentlemen who are applying for a government job. we have three who have been there and done that and one who has done little, but all four still had a goal long to get along attitude. -- a go along to get along attitude. it is time to send someone other than a politician. it is time to send someone who will say -- who will stand up and changed the game in d.c. we have an important decision to make on may 4. will we continue with politics as usual, or will we ride ourselves back to the government of the people and by the people and for the people and insert we
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the people back into our government? stand with we the people on may 4 and vote for richard behney. if you stood at 80 party, i ask for your vote. -- if you stood at a tea party. thank you for being here. >> thank you for the question. why should you vote for me? when i ran for congress for the first time in 1994 iran to restore trust in government, so i put down on paper my stances on important issues. i was told by people who had done that before who had been in public office that you cannot do that. at some time in the future you may have to cast a vote that deviates from these things you put down. i wanted to restore trust in government. i wanted people to know i was
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going to do what i told them i was going to do. if i was asked to raise taxes when i had pledged that i wouldn't, -- when i was asked to compromise on the right to life by folks in my party or an outside my party who said they would let this vote passed, i would not do that. i am hearing all over that what measures are longing for is a voice not only for the conservative values -- what hoosiers are longing for -- a voice that will be consistent in washington, that i will do what i said i will do. if we don't have that trust then we will never be able to make the difficult decisions necessary to put america back on the right track. >> thank you. >> thank you for your graciousness tonight. you have been a tremendous host.
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thank you for the question. three of my colleagues in the past few days have worked very hard to earn the support of washington to win the nomination. i don't believe washington should choose this nominee, it should be hoosiers. i am a financial adviser. i am not a politician. i believe i have a grasp of the fiscal problem facing our nation. let me tell you, our nation is at a time of crisis. we stand at a crossroads. down one path is a socialistic state and the other is reagan's shining city on a hill. if you elect me i promise to lead the charge to reagan's shining city on a hill. ronald reagan said let us be sure that those who come after us will save us in their time that in our time we did
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everything that could be done. we finished the race. and we kept the faith. i hope you will vote for me on may 4. god bless indiana and god bless the united states. >> thank you for a spirited discussion. i know our viewers across the hoosier state enjoyed it and enjoy listening. thanks to all of you for çwatching to our u.s. senate debate sponsored by the indiana debate commission. our thanks to the staffs. a special thanks to the voters to ask the questions. speaking of voters, primary day is tuesday, may 4. go vote for one of these five individuals. look for news from the indiana debate commission at that debates coming this fall. from indianapolis, good night. ho[captioning performed by national captioning institute]
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> today, a discussion on the role of the media and national security issues with a panel. the university of texas law school is the post of this event. ÷-- is the host of this event. yesterday, are the arizona
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governor signed an immigration law that would require police to determine if people were in the country illegally if there is reasonable suspicion. president obama singled out the law as misguided. now, the president's remarks. this is about 25 minutes. ♪ 0, say can you see by the
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dawn's early light what so proudly we hail to at the twilight's last gleaming. whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched or so gallantly streaming. and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air. k proof through the night -- they prove through the night that our flag was still there. oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave. over the land of the free
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and the home of the brave. ♪ >> please, be seated. it is now my distinct honor to present 24 members of the united states armed forces from 16 countries throughout the world who have applied for the united states citizenship. all of these candidates have been examined by the immigration services and have found to be qualified to become united states citizens. as i read the name of your country, please stand and remain standing. brazil, china, colombia, england, ethiopia, ghana, haiti,
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jamaica, kenya, mexico, papua new guinea, peru, philippines poland, togo, trinidad and tobacco -- togo. please welcome the secretary of homeland security, general napolitano who will initiate these candidates to united states candid -- citizenship. >> good morning. please remain standing. candida's, please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, and state your name, hereby declare on oath that i
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absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty. home or which i have here to fore been a subject or citizen. , that i will support and defend the constitution and laws of the united states of america against all enemies foreign and domestic. , the bat i will bear true faith to the same, that i will bear arms on behalf of the united states when required by law.
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that i will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the united states when required by law, but i will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by law, that i take this obligation freely without any mental reservations or purpose of elation. , --evasiom, so help me god. [applause] please be seated. one of the great privileges of
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being the secretary of a homeland security is administering the oath of allegiance to the new u.s. citizens. these new citizens are members of our new -- our armed forces like the candidates here this morning. they are new citizens this morning. it takes a very special individual to serve and defend a nation that is not yet fully your own but that is what each of you are doing. that is testimony to your strong sense of patriotism. it is testimony to your honor. our nation thank you for your service. we of the freedoms we all enjoy, the sacrifices of men and women like you. since september 11, 2001, the united states immigration service has naturalized over 58,000 members of our armed forces, bringing immigration services to our troops wherever they serve. since last year, we have offered
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non-citizen enlistees the opportunity to naturalize immediately upon completion of basic training so they can graduate as american citizens. supporting this work is officers to work with the military and their families because many of these civil servants are veterans themselves and they are keenly aware of the unique circumstances and multiple deployments military families can face. i am proud to say we are now working with the department of defense and hope to expand this to all branches of the service. later than the end of this year. we will continue to do everything in our power to expedite the naturalization process for those who are already giving so much to our country. let me offer you my congratulations on your achievement today.
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we're all proud to call you fellow citizens. and now, is my distinct honor and privilege to introduce to you the president of the united states. mr. president -- [applause] >> good morning, everybody. thank you secretary napolitano for being here to administer the oath and making it official. thank you also for leading our efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform so that america keeps pace with a nation of immigrants and loss. two director mallorca and all the folks at immigration and naturalization services, thank you from all these women for them to realize their dreams of citizenship.
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we are joined by congresswoman susan davis, secretary of defense, and a vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. most of all, to america's newest citizens, does a great honor to serve as your commander in chief and it is my greatest pleasure to be among the first to greet you as a fellow american. to you and your families, welcome to the white house. today is your day, a celebration of 24 inspiring men and women and their remarkable journey that has brought you together on this beautiful spring morning to our nation's capital. does the path that led you here began in more than a dozen countries. some of you came to america as children, holding tight to your parents' hands as you arrived in the new world. some of you can as adults, leaving everything you knew behind in pursuit of a new life.
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while your stories are your own, may we celebrate the common spirit that lives within each of view, a spirit that has -- that has renewed and strengthen america for centuries. we celebrate the love of family, the moms and dads were willing to say goodbye to their own families in countries so they can have an opportunity to give you the opportunity you never had. like generations of immigrants before them, they scrimped and saved so you could realize your dreams. today as a tribute to their sacrifices, as well. i would ask you join me in honoring the moms and dads and the families that helped bring into this day. [applause] we celebrate the spirit of possibility, an ethic that says if you're willing to put your shoulder to the wheel and supply your god-given talents, if you believe in yourself and play by
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the rules, then there is a place for you in the united states of america. , no matter where you come from or what you look like. it is a spirit that brought a young woman from the people's republic in china and chief enrolled in the united states air force. we congratulate our fellow citizen. [applause] it is the spirit that brought a refugee from ethiopia and led him to enlist in the u.s. army because he said the one to give back to the country that has given me the opportunity to be all that i can be. today we congratulate him. [applause] we celebrate the true meaning of patriotism with a country that is so strong that these men and women were willing to risk their
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lives to defend our country even before they could call it their own. the patriotism of a daughter of mexico came to america in those first terrible days after 9/11 joined the u.s. navy and says," i take pride in our flight in history that forged this great nation and the history we write day-by-day." today, we can't let live are. -- we congratulate her. [applause] it is the patriotism of young men from popular of new guinea who joined the united states marine corps and went to iraq three times. asked what he would choose to become an american citizen, he says simply," i might as well, i love this country already." we congratulate him. [applause] the four of you can sit down. you represents not only the branch of the armed services you
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are a part of but also the other members who are your fellow citizens here today and we thank you very much. we are grateful to you. [applause] in short, today we celebrate the very essence of the country we all love, and america were so many of our forebears came from somewhere else, a society that has been enriched by traditions and cultures from every corner of the world, a dynamic economy that is constantly renewed by talents and energies of each new citizen, and a people who understand that citizenship is not just a collection of rights but it is also the set of responsibilities. like so many others, these men and women met their responsibilities. they played by the rules. they have earned. their earned on a day like this, we are also reminded at how we must remain both a nation of immigrants and
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a nation of laws. this includes fixing america's broken immigration system. over the years, many have attempted to confront this challenge but passions are great and disagreements run deep. we can all agree that when 11 million people in our country are living gear illegally outside the system that is unacceptable. the american people deserve a solution. they deserve common-sense comprehensive immigration reform crowded in responsibility and accountability. the government has a responsibility to enforce law and secure our borders. businesses have a responsibility not to undermine
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the lot especially when americans are out of work. many businesses comply with law every day but for those that don't, those that ignore the law and exploited and abused vulnerable workers to gain an unfair advantage, we will hold them accountable. people who are in america legally have a responsibility to pay their back taxes, pay a penalty, learn english, get right with law or face removal before they can get in line and eventually earn their citizenship. it is a responsibility, accountability, common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. i think secretary napolitano for leading our efforts and i thank senator schumer and senator gramm for working with those of a bipartisan consensus on a primer for moving forward. i welcome the commitment of house and senate democratic leaders.
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i will continue to consult with the democrats and republicans in congress and 11 current republican senators voted to pass immigration reform four years ago. i am hopeful they will join with democrats in doing so again so we can make progress the american people deserve. indeed, our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by us and that includes the recent efforts in arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as americans as well as the trust between police and their communities that is crucial to keeping us sick. i have instructed members of my administration to monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. if we continue to fail to act federal level, we will continue to seek misguided efforts (the country. as a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future and a
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future that keeps faith with our history, our heritage, and the hope that america is always inspiring the hearts of people all over the world. just as each of these 24 new citizens once cast their eyes upon our country from afar, so, too, is a young boy or young girl in the world wondering if they, too, might share in america's promise. the example of these new citizens and in the actions we take as a nation, let us offer confidence and optimism. yes, there is a place called america that still welcomes those yearning to be free, a country where if you work hard and made your responsibilities, you can pursue your dreams. does a society where out of many, we are one. one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. that is the promise of america. it is the spirit that all of you are renewing here today.
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we are incredibly proud of you. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. [applause] we have one other piece of business. would the sergeant please come forward? there he is. growing up in nigeria, he probably never imagined he would be standing on this stage today. neither did i.. [laughter] thanks to the generosity of churches in virginia, he and his parents found a home in the united states. he said he always want to be in the military and he found his calling in the united states
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marine corps. he is deployed to iraq and was serving his second tour when his unit was struck by an improvised explosive device. the weeks and months that followed, he battled to recover from for traumatic brain injury edit va. --va medical facility and he was sworn in as an american citizen. this morning was not only determine to recover but to help others. he has been a leader and mentor to his -- fallen warriors. he is quite an athlete. he agrees. [laughter] he will compete next month in the first warrior games of the u.s. olympic training center in colorado. for his distinguished service to country, for inspiring us all with his example of what citizenship truly means, i am proud to join the u.s. citizenship and immigration services in presenting this
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recognition, the outstanding american by choice award. do we have the award? [applause] with that, i would ask the sergeant to conclude our ceremony by leading a stall in the pledge of allegiance. -- leading us all in the pledge of allegiance. >> by, pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it spent, one nation under
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god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, everybody. [applause] ♪ [stars & stripes forever]
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> this year's video competition and high school students to create a video to deal with one of our country's greatest strengths or a challenge the country is facing. here is one of the second place winners. >> [bells ringing]
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>> ♪ oh, danny bot-- >> august 31, 2009, a colonel was honorably laid to rest. it takes a clear mind to do great things in its stride. august 31, 2009 will live on
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forever in my heart, a symbol of what our country is able to do. on august 31, 2009 my grandfather was honored for his life and service to this country in a way on like any other on earth. for all men a destiny that is inescapable. it is natural but for the man that give their own lives so we may keep hours, a great honor is due and i believe that is one of our country's greatest strengths. >> i am from the 53rd division in world war two.
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>> i am from afghanistan. >> i am a lieutenant colonel in the u.s. air force. >> his blood ran blue and gold. he retired as a vice admiral. >> in the united states, we do a good job with soldiers. >> he has several purple hearts and several models for bravery -- several medals for bravery. he got the medal of honor. >> there are reports that a number of returning veterans were disrespected on the streets during the vietnam conflict.
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since then, the country has turned a corner and now the general public and individuals on the street will come up to you and express their thanks and appreciation of your service to the country. >> when we came home, we were received as heroes and even today, when i tell people that i was in world war two, they thank me for what i did over there. it was ever duty. it was our honor. -- it was our duty. it was our honor. >> all of the pows were in the
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chapel and john mccain give a speech. when he spoke, it was an act of compassion. it was very unusual. he said that he lived among the finest of them. >> my last assignment in the military before it got out was working at arlington cemetery. i was a combat cameraman in the army. i did a lot of videos and photography of the burials and the actual ceremonies that were involved. it was very emotional and there was a lot of pride. >> everyone as a flagpole in their part in the united states.
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every courthouse has pictures of the fallen from that community. >> they paid the price. that is something they do without asking for anything in return and to give that honor to the family and to the soldier, i think that is very notable. >> the unknown soldier goes back to world war i. that is a very, very moving visit. the changing of the cars and everything, everybody should see that. -- the changing of the guard and everything, everybody should see that. >> it is not just about burials and putting their names on plaques but "time magazine"award
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soldiers the person of the year a few years back. i like that. >> winston churchill said that any country that does not honor its heroes is not long to door, something like that. we have to honor our heroes. not all men and women in uniform will be honored. >> when the veterans came back from it not cognizant of the public and politically they did not separate the war from the warrior. this war in iraq is every bit as unpopular as the war in vietnam yet, those returning should be treated with great respect. >> there is a good outpouring now of warmth and respect for the military people who served
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and make whatever sacrifices and in many cases made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. >> on his headstone and also on his statute, he said to be first as a personal honor. we should all do that. -- as a person of honor. >> to see all the winning entries, visit students cam.org. >> coming up, we'll take your questions and comments on "washington journal." later a funeral and service for former head of the naacp, benjamin hooks. this morning,